Fictitious Business Name (FBN) Filing Information

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Any person or entity who regularly transacts business, under a fictitious name, in the County of Santa Barbara is required to file a Fictitious Business Name Statement with the Clerk-Recorder within 40 days of first transacting business. The filing is for consumer protection and is a requirement under law ( B&P Code § 17900 ).

A Fictitious Business Name is a name that DOES NOT include the surname of an individual owner. If a corporation or LLC is not using the same name as registered with the California Secretary of State, then the name is fictitious ( B&P Code § 17900 ).

A Fictitious Business Name Statement is a public record and is open for public review. Be certain the information in the statement is correct and complete before filing it. PLEASE NOTE: All information on a Fictitious Business Name Statement, including the residence address, will be published in a local, adjudicated newspaper.

 After filing, you will receive a certified copy of the statement along with publication instructions. 

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How to File

There is $47.00 filing fee.  The filing fee includes 1 business name and 1 registrant name.  There is an additional $5.00 fee for each additional business name or registrant name. 

In Person 

Our offices are currently closed to the public, we are not accepting In Person requests 

You can submit your application in person at either of our offices. Appointments are not required. Our offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. We do not close for the lunch hour. Please arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. when conducting your business; same day service is not guaranteed Visit our Contact Us page for information on office locations and hours.

To file in person please complete the FBN Statement on the lobby kiosk or complete an online application before waiting in line. Applications are saved for 7 days. Be prepared to present a government issued photo ID.

 Electronically by E-Mail:

Applications may also be submitted electronically. Customers wanting to process their FBN electronically are agreeing to their intent to sign and providing consent to do business electronically. Electronic submissions are processed within (three) 3 business days of receiving a completed and signed application. A credit card must be authorized through the online application. Your card will be charged when the request is processed.

Applications submitted electronically must be completed through the online application. You must provide an e-mail address when completing the online application. After your online application is submitted, you will receive an e-mail from Docusign requesting you to electronically sign your application. Your application will not be processed until you return the DocuSigned application. Please contact the SbcFbndesk@countyofsb.org if you have any questions. 

By Mail:

Additional mailing fees will apply depending on the selected return method. Mailed-in requests are processed within (ten) 10 business days. To mail in a paper application, use the online application. You must download and print your completed FBN, have the appropriate person sign the FBN with wet ink, and mail in you application with payment. You may authorize a credit card through the online application or send a check or money order with your mailed in application. 

Return Method Fee Type Fee
First Class Mail Handling Fee Per Order $2.00
Returned USPS Express Mail Per Order $23.50

We do not accept USPS first class stamped, self-addressed envelopes as a return option.

Additional Business Names

You may have additional business names or variations on the same application if the entities are doing business at the same location.

There is an additional $5.00 filing fee per additional business name at the time of the initial filing.

Address Requirements for the Business

Street address of principal place of business and county must be listed (corporations/limited liability companies must include address as set out in its articles of incorporation on file with the Secretary of State and the state of incorporation/organization).

All owners and their residence addresses must be listed.

State law requires a physical address for the place of business and EACH owner's place of residence.

For the residence address, use the street address, not a mailing address.

Corporation or Limited Liability Requirements

If you are filing as a Corporation or Limited Liability Company you must be registered with the California Secretary of State.

The address of the Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) must be the same as listed in the articles of organization on file with the California Secretary of State.

The registered owners of the fictitious business name must be the same name as the corporation or Limited Liability Company. The registered owners of a Limited Partnership must be the general partners. Do not list Limited Partners or the Limited Partnership as the registered owner.

The statement must have an ORIGINAL signature and it must be signed by a corporate officer ( B&P Code 17914 ) and their title. Generally, the following titles fall into the category of a corporate officer. Examples include, but are not limited to:

CEO (Chief Executive Officer), CFO (Chief Financial Officer), President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Managing Member, Officer or Manager

Publishing Requirements

Within 30 days after a fictitious business name statement has been filed with the County Clerk, the statement shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the fictitious business name statement was filed. The newspaper selected for the publication of the statement should be one that circulates in the area where the business is to be conducted. The statement must be published once a week for four consecutive weeks with at least five days between each date of publication. An affidavit of publication shall be filed within 30 days after the completion of the publication. If a refilling is required because the prior statement has expired, the refilling need not be published unless there has been a change in the information required in the expired statement, provided the refilling is filed within 40 days of the date the statement expired ( B&P Code 17917 , Govt. Code 6064 ).
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